"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
Good drivers get benefits, bad drivers get penalties and eventually dropped. Seems reasonable right?
In this case, people who abuse their bodies (no exercise, obese, smoker, risk takers, etc.) may then be subsidized by the people who are not that way.
I do like subsidizing someone who has an illness, that's what insurance is for. I don't like incentivizing poor health lifestyle choices, nor do I like actually paying for that incentive.
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
When It Comes To Paying Taxes, Big Oil Takes The Biggest Hit - Forbes
Oil companies pay TONS. I do think Ag is getting too much in subsidies and I live in downstate Illinois.ExxonMobil in 2011 made $27.3 billion in cash payments for income taxes. Chevron paid $17 billion and ConocoPhillips $10.6 billion. And not only were these the highest amounts in absolute terms, when compared with the rest of the 25 most profitable U.S. companies (see our slideshow for the full rundown of who paid what), the trio also had the highest effective tax rates. Exxon’s tax rate was 42.9%, Chevron’s was 48.3% and Conoco’s was 41.5%. That’s even higher than the 35% U.S. federal statutory rate, which is already the highest tax rate among developed nations.
Do you think the teetering economy can afford another fiscal cliff at this point and time? Because I do not. As far as working out care, government could be working to get prices lower, this law certainly isnt going to do it. Everyone's care will wind up either taxed or subsidized and thats not a good way to drive down costs.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville